Thursday 18 December 2014

Cool it there and cut your costs

Welcome to our new short and snappy advice column, courtesy of a top technician*, to help you cut motoring costs.

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

Save some money with our top tips
Save some money with our top tips

Every year thousands of motorists find themselves stranded on the side of the road because their car has developed cooling system problems. If it gets too hot it can warp or even crack cylinder heads and destroy an engine. Even if it doesn’t get that bad, an engine that is not at the proper operating temperature will not run efficiently.

Rule one: don’t ignore that temperature gauge. |While there can be several reasons for the engine warning light coming on, not having enough coolant is the most likely one.

You could also have:

 A wrong coolant mixture.

 Your fan or your water pump might not be working.

 Your radiator fins might be clogged up.

 The temperature sensor itself might be faulty.

Whatever the reason, if the temperature light stays on, pull over to the side of the road and let the engine cool.

And rule two: get it seen to.

* Advice courtesy of Ford master technician Brian Kelly of Rathfarnham Ford, Whitechurch Road.

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